Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Why are you only recruiting from participants in the INTERVAL Study?

    INFORM is what we called a ‘nested’ study. This means that we will recruit participants from INTERVAL and with your permission, share some of your data. In this case, some of the data INFORM are collecting are the same as INTERVAL, so it makes sense to share the data between the two studies and not ask you for the same information twice.

  2. Are you just inviting people from one locality?

    No, as we are recruiting participants exclusively from the INTERVAL Study, our participants will be based in the community close to the 25 permanent blood donation clinics across England. The University of Cambridge is coordinating the study.

  3. How many people are you recruiting?

    We hope to recruit 932 people to our study over six months (26 January 2015 30 June 2015). We are able to be precise about this number, as the researchers have calculated how many people we will need to collect data from to detect any difference that might exist.

  4. Who is involved?

    The study is led by Professor Simon Griffin and draws on the wide experience of health professionals, academics, scientists, expert collaborators and contributors.

  5. How is the trial managed?

    The Trial is overseen by a Trial Steering Committee, which developed and monitors the trial, and a Trial Management Group that manages the day-to-day running of the trial. The members of these groups are listed below.

    INFORM Steering Committee

    Chair: Professor Tom Marshall

    Members: Professor Simon Griffin, Dr Carmel Moore, Dr Adam Butterworth, Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Carolyn Read, Kathryn Lawrence, Chris Girling, Dr Sheila Hardy, Dr Barbora Silarova, Dr Guy Shefer, Dr Juliet Usher-Smith, Dr Rupert Payne, Dr Zoe Tolkien, Dr Mat Walker, Joanne Lucas, Stephen Sharp, Richard Houghton

    INFORM Trial Management Group

    Members: Professor Simon Griffin, Dr Carmel Moore, Dr Adam Butterworth, Dr Emmanuele Di Angelantonio, Dr Barbora Silarova, Dr Guy Shefer, Dr Juliet Usher-Smith, Dr Rupert Payne, Dr Zoe Tolkien, Joanne Lucas, Dr Mat Walker

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